2020 July 9
- 1 Anti-Corruption Daily
- 2 In case you missed yesterday's important news:
- 3 BHK leader Tsarukyan's casino loses license
- 4 Regulators audited BHK leader Tsarukyan's gold mine...
- 5 Regulators audited the Electric Networks of Armenia...
- 6 BHK plans to "defend Armenia's traditions"
- 7 Diplomatic passports
- 8 Greece...
- 9 stirring the pot in 3... 2... 1...
- 10 CNN documentary: What it's like to visit a country [Artsakh] that doesn't officially exist
- 11 COVID stats
- 12 "Armenia is turning into a dictatorship"
- 13 Rebel leader is captured during a tense standoff
- 14 Yerevan municipality will distribute...
- 15 COVID vs Tax Collection
- 16 Armenia's foreign and public debt
- 17 New rules to reduce corruption in social aid departments
- 18 Elevator Made in Armenia
- 19 The new TEAM ISP gets a license
- 20 Monitoring the construction quality
- 21 Tax waiver for a winemaker
- 22 Tax waiver for a solar farm investment
- 23 Electric grid to prepare a network for solar energy
- 24 Russian tech giant and UN to help Yerevan w/traffic
- 25 400km roads will be built in Artsakh...
- 26 More inclusive education system
- 27 Pashinyan's son returns from the army
- 28 update: Where to find Nalbandyan books
- 29 Henrikh Mkhitaryan is officially back
Jul/9/2020 news: () Tsarukyan's casino loses license () Gold mine in trouble () Solar incoming () Anti-bribery () TEAM licensed () BHK & Traditions () Foreign affairs () Diplomatic passports () Artsakh () Rebel arrested () Emergency powers () Yandex helps Yerevan () Finances () Construction QA ()
In case you missed yesterday's important news:
BHK leader Tsarukyan's casino loses license
In May/6/2020, before the "big bust" that got BHK leader Tsarukyan in trouble, the regulators had audited his Shangri La casino and found violations. The Casino was given time to fix the problems.
Later, after Tsarukyan's alleged voter bribery and financial crimes were revealed, his casino was implicated in a criminal case.
Today the Finance Ministry revoked the casino's license for failing to pay fees for 2020Q3.
Regulators audited BHK leader Tsarukyan's gold mine...
... located in Mkhart, and issued a $200 fine for operating without an environmental audit. The mine and its factory are told to get an audit.
Regulators audited the Electric Networks of Armenia...
... and issued a $21,000 fine. The company routinely overcharged consumers by writing higher usage numbers in the books, likely due to an error. Other problems were found.
BHK plans to "defend Armenia's traditions"
BHK leader Tsarukyan has instructed BHK's youth wing to organize a campaign against the upcoming Education Ministry reform that will merge Armenian Church subject with Armenian History in schools.
Tsarukyan called it an attack on Armenian values. The Ministry says having it as a separate subject makes no sense, but schools will have flexibility.
BHK will also protest against the upcoming education reforms that will help children better protect themselves against pedophiles.
BHK and other hardline traditionalists believe it'll teach sexual materials to children. The govt denies it, saying the education is more like "don't take candy from a stranger's van".
After the 2018 evolution, it was revealed that the former administrations generously distributed diplomatic passports to their friends. Kocharyan's and Serj's entire family line, singer Sirusho, grandchildren, etc. received the privilege.
After the evolution, 395 such passports were revoked, while 762 new were issued.
The full list of owners is still considered a secret because "it contains classified information". Journalists want to get their hands on the list to make sure MFA isn't doing the same shenanigans.
MFA responded saying "the passports were issued according to law."
...doesn't like the fact that Turkey's Erdogan wants to convert the Hagia Sophia museum-church into a mosque.
Greek politicians proposed converting Ataturk's house-museum in Thessaloniki into a museum dedicated to the Greek Genocide.
The Hagio Sophia's topic was brought up in the Armenian Parliament today, with an MP expressing his dissatisfaction.
stirring the pot in 3... 2... 1...
System of a Down drummer Dolmayan caused some noise after criticizing the "Black Lives Matter" movement on his Instagram page. He isn't happy with the "media coverage, sensationalism, and the riots."
Possible context: The recent defacement of an Armenian Genocide Memorial in Colorado has rubbed some Armenians the wrong way. It was addressed by the White House.
CNN documentary: What it's like to visit a country [Artsakh] that doesn't officially exist
+1,995 tested. +526 infected. +573 healed. +14 deaths.
129,166 tested. 11,641 active. 18,000 healed. 535 deaths.
There are no patients in serious condition left out of hospitals, but the beds are still overloaded. Spitak's clinic joined the fight and all 120 beds are already occupied.
"Armenia is turning into a dictatorship"
Breaking news. The govt has approved a bill that will grant the Healthcare Ministry a full authority over all private and public medical centers across Armenia during Emergency situations.
"It's needed to make the fight against pandemic more efficient," said the govt. The bill needs Parliamentary approval.
Rebel leader is captured during a tense standoff
A young woman had a confrontation with a policeman about COVID rules. It appears she didn't have an ID on her, attempted to leave the scene, and when told about ID's requirement, she said, "I don't care about the law and the Emergency Taskforce's order."
The police dragged her to a police station while she screamed.
Yerevan municipality will distribute...
$206,000 to doctors fighting COVID. It'll come from city's "salary bonus" fund.
COVID vs Tax Collection
Taxes collected in 2020H1 vs 2019H1...
Tax revenues: $1,4bln vs $1.47bln
Border tariffs: $254mln vs $330mln
Refunded: $134mln vs $104mln
Armenia's foreign and public debt
The debt as of January 1st of 2020 vs 2019...
Foreign: $5.7bln vs $5.5bln
Internal: $1.7bln vs $1.4bln
The debt to GDP ratio is expected to rise due to COVID. It was earlier predicted at 57%.
Right now the same public office accepts petitions for aid submitted by seniors, before deciding whether grant it. This opens the door for corruption. Some workers would ask for a bribe to approve the aid.
The govt decided to separate the decision-makers.
Elevator Made in Armenia
Norq hospital has a new elevator manufactured locally by ArtLifs.
The new TEAM ISP gets a license
The utility commission authorized TEAM to broadcast TV and radio over cable.
TEAM was formed after UCOM's founder left UCOM and founded TEAM.
Monitoring the construction quality
Gegharquniq had 103 subsidized infrastructure upgrades last year. 23 were unfinished because the govt refused to accept them due to poor quality.
5 of them were road repair upgrades, 4 of which have since fixed the problems.
Tax waiver for a winemaker
Armenia Wine will import technology for winemaking in Aragatsotn. $3.3mln investment, 40 new jobs with avg $520/mo salary.
Tax waiver for a solar farm investment
SunEnergy will import solar tech for a farm in Armavir. $2.2mln investment, 5 permanent and 50 temporary jobs, $225/mo salary.
Electric grid to prepare a network for solar energy
Today the govt authorized the "High Voltage Electric Networks" to sign an $8.9mln deal with Lichq electric substation.
The company will repair Lichq substation which has been operating since 1961.
The repair will allow Lichq to handle electricity coming from a big solar farm "Masrik-1" recently approved by the govt.
It'll also boost Artsakh's electric security.
"We must make sure Lichq is ready before Masrik solar farm is ready. Armenia is required to purchase electricity produced by Masrik as part of the deal. Lichq will handle that flow. We can finish Lichq's renovation in 8 months," said Pashinyan.
Russian tech giant and UN to help Yerevan w/traffic
Yandex tech giant's experts have been examining traffic in Yerevan center, near the Circular Park, to see how traffic patterns change based on location, time, holidays.
Several roads were examined. Some had 45km/h speed one way, but much slower in the opposite direction. Isahakyan Street was the slowest with speeds dropping to 4km/h.
Yandex's data is sent to two Russia-based companies for a further examination before it's sent to Yerevan municipality.
400km roads will be built in Artsakh...
...in 5 years, said president Arayik.
More inclusive education system
USAID gave the Education Ministry $825,000 for a project. Fewer disabled kids will be left out of schools and be forced to attend special centers away from peers or families.
Disability ramps will be built in some schools. 56 schools will be renovated with accommodations.
Pashinyan's son returns from the army
It's been 2 years since the 2018 evolution and PM's subsequent decision to send his son Ashot to Artsakh frontlines.
Saying goodbye to fellows: https://youtu.be/He2SmsIynJ8
Little Arpi waits for his brother: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=276473180108549
update: Where to find Nalbandyan books
Recently the American University of Armenia digitalizes the legendary writer Mikael Nalbandyan's entire collection.
The collection is available at digilib.am
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is officially back
Last time he scored a goal but the team lost. This time, while playing against Parma, he scored a goal and gave a pass that led to the second and victorious goal. Roma 2:1 Parma.
Sofa Score declared Heno the best player of the entire match with an 8.8 score.
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